Our vision is to deliver a national Peer Support for Wellbeing model and network in order to provide the best care and support to officers and staff.
We have developed a Peer Support for wellbeing model which has been designed specifically for those operating in Emergency Services environments.
It takes cognisance of our distinct police culture and the barriers officers, staff and volunteers may face in seeking help.
Based on an internationally renowned policing peer support programme – our model allows forces to:
- Take up train the trainer sessions to deliver the very best police peer support function, which can be adapted and moulded to suit your own force structures.
- Have continuing and ongoing support in relation to recruitment, supervision and co-ordination of peer support officers and issues such as confidentiality and disclosure.
- Support to engage chief officer teams to develop an understanding of the importance of peer support
What we offer
- Train-the-Trainer sessions
These sessions are developed and designed based upon ‘Walk the Talk’ – a peer support model developed by two retired Sergeants from Canadian police forces who have their own significant lived experience of trauma through their work. Since retiring, they have both become qualified trauma services specialists and have authored several books on the subject of trauma, PTSD and peer support.
The sessions are also supported by inputs from Victoria Police in Australia giving a truly international learning experience.
We take all of this learning and tailor it to ensure that all those who attend training go away being able to set up and implement a peer support model that is fit for UK policing.
Everyone who attends is provided with the tools and guidance together with the training content to allow them to deliver this in their own force and create a network of Oscar Kilo Peer Supporters.
Who the training is for
We will send invitations to forces to identify officers and staff to attend a peer support train the trainer workshop.
To have the maximum impact, we ask that forces carefully consider who attends these sessions as they should have not only the capacity, but the passion, drive and credibility to deliver this in a coordination role in their own force.
Everyone who attends leaves with peer support manuals, materials and handouts for adaption and use in their own force. They also get an Oscar Kilo Peer Supporter pin badge and continued support from the NPWS.
We also encourage forces locally to ensure that proper support is in place for anyone who signs up to become a peer supporter should they need advice or guidance themselves.
- Two day ‘demobilising’ and ‘diffusing’ training course
Linking with the Trauma Management part of the service, anyone who goes through the OK Peer Supporter Training is also offered a place on a ‘demobilising’ and ‘diffusing’ training course. This is a peer-led model of intervention put in place following a major incident.
The training is delivered by trained psychologists and will equip the peer supporters with the skills and knowledge to hold demobilising and diffusing sessions in their force when required.
You can find out more about demobilising and diffusing in the trauma area of work.
- Development of the ‘business case’ for peer support for chief officers
It is important that chief officers and senior leaders really understand the benefits and importance of having a safe and robust model of peer support in their force. The NPWS has developed a clear business case for peer support and this is given to all of those who go through the peer support training to take back to their senior leadership teams in force.
Availability & Booking
Details of all the events will be made available in the Events section of the Oscar Kilo website www.oscarkilo.org.uk – Forces will receive invitations to attend a workshops. Booking onto the sessions can be done directly with the team member who sends the invitation, via the website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org